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Poster: shorthopper88 Date: Nov 3, 2008 9:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: The Golden Road

Does anybody own the box set The Golden Road. if so would you mind sharing your thoughts? I dont own any studio releases from this period so this purchase might be a good idea

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Nov 3, 2008 1:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Golden Road

I bought the digi-paks individually, and only the first 5, so I'm stuck in the middle - should I buy it at retail price just to get the 2nd batch of 5 albums, from American Beauty up... I like the 2nd live Dead album, and certain tracks on everything after that, but I rarely play them now.
Maybe Bear's Choice is a big improvement over the original track selection? I don't know, but it looks like it would be night and day (that was one very few fans liked or played much when it first came out).


Based on the 1st 2 albums alone, The Grateful Dead (1967) and Anthem of the Sun (1968) Golden Road is essential... mainly for the beautifully improved soundd; plus added length to many tracks (on the debut album) which had been edited (the fade-outs remained on all prior editions) until this rerelease.
The bonus tracks are the best on those 2 as far as I know (does the box set version of Birth of The Grateful Dead have any added tracks?)
You could also wait (but why would you) until 2017 or 2016 for the 50th anniversary deluxe edition, which may feature even more bonus tracks, such as the complete, unedited alternate version of Viola Lee Blues and maybe the rerelease of 1966 Oddities and Rarities (o.p.) etc. etc.

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Nov 3, 2008 3:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Golden Road

Good point dude!

The Bears choice bonus tracks in particular are fantastic! The Smokestack from 2/8/70 just might be the best Smokestack ever!

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Nov 7, 2008 10:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Golden Road

Just got ahold of the expanded Bear's Choice - History of The Grateful Dead.

Playing the 2-8-1970 SB Smokestack Lightning jetz!

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Poster: fireeagle Date: Nov 3, 2008 4:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Golden Road

02-13?

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Nov 3, 2008 5:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Golden Road

Nope!

2/8/70, smokeyest Smokestack ever...

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Poster: William Tell Date: Nov 3, 2008 3:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Golden Road

Hey CPW--just thought I would chime in since I caught your comment on BChoice, and agree completely. Listening to the big shows of acoustic sets from 1970 that I love today, like 6-7 or 9-20, I realize I NEVER listen to BChoice, and never really did back then.

Ironic given his place in the world of the DEAD.

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Poster: fireeagle Date: Nov 3, 2008 3:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Golden Road

same here. got the original lp and its still as good as new. played it only a few times

fantastic artwork though

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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: Nov 4, 2008 3:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Golden Road

It's an amazing, amazing set. There's actually more live material than studio material, considering Europe 72, Bear's Choice, Skullfuck, Live Dead, and all the live bonus tracks. Recording quality is fantastic, especially if you have an HDCD decoder. The only disappointment is that Europe 72 plays about 3% fast, like it did when it was originally released. I'd rather they remastered it at the right speed.

Used copies can be had through amazon or half for about $80. I got mine used and haven't had any problems.

This post was modified by Lou Davenport on 2008-11-04 23:24:43

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Poster: William Tell Date: Nov 3, 2008 11:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Golden Road

Ohmygosh...of course you know what I will say, BUT I do with utter and absolute sincerity rank this one as THE best of the best of collections. The others span too great a time period and, ahem, decline.

Think of it this way, you get the birth, the high and the beginning of the end (even you 70s lovers admit that 77 is the peak, right?).

Totally biased, of course, and I wouldn't want you to avoid the other sets, BUT I would say most anyone would insist that if you could only have ONE boxed set of the boys, you HAVE to have this one...

My two and a half cents.

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Nov 3, 2008 10:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Golden Road

I own it...and it is a good idea. Every album in the box has been 'expanded'...most to the point of being 79 minutes long, and the sound is awesome. Lots of rare extra tracks, live versions, radio promos, etc. Great liner notes and pics too. And best of all, the bonus cut on "Live/Dead" is the studio version of "Dark Star," all three minutes of it, lol.

I wasn't disappointed, in fact, this set is much better than the second box set: "Beyond Description" which was a bit disappointing (bad liner notes, no "Steal Your Face" or "Without A Net," etc.)

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Nov 3, 2008 10:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Golden Road

but the BEST Dead related box imo is the All Good Things Jerry box set. Talk about loaded with extras

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Nov 3, 2008 10:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Golden Road

but the BEST Dead related box imo is the All Good Things Jerry box set. Talk about loaded with extras

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Poster: dilcurrie Date: Nov 3, 2008 11:54am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Golden Road

All three have their place. The lack of steal your face isn't too bad but without a net to be missing is a sin. All good things is a fine collection. I owned four of the five albums, including the expanded garcia, and still bought it.

If you had all of these you have the basis of a very good collection of studio music.

Perhaps the other band members solo efforts 70-80 could be collated, and expanded, Ace, Seastones, Rolling Thunder etc.

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Nov 3, 2008 12:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Golden Road

I would say this set is essential just for all the extras, and even more so if you don't have the original albums.

But I'd add that the older box set So Many Roads, which goes through their whole career, is even better, since it's almost all good live stuff. Selections aside, the only problem with that set is that it should have been 10+ discs instead of five!